"Nothing can be all right unless and until you develop the subtleties of your attention; and it develops by receding your attention from all that is gross. Recede your attention whenever it goes too much into a thought, like that - 'Oh, forget it'. But into vibrations you pay full attention, seeing vibrations you pay full attention, seeing your own vibrations pay full attention, other things you need not worry they will be all looked after. "
 (27.01.1977, Bordi Shibir)



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What is the significance of Thoughtlessness?
How does the Mind affect Thoughtlessness?
What occurs when taking the Attention beyond the Mind?
How does the Kundalini expand our Attention?
How do we use our Attention to understand our Energy Centres?

Surrendering to attain Thoughtlessness
Many people say, "we have surrendered everything", but it does not happen because they do it only in talking. Surrendering is not talking. You have to surrender to attain thoughtlessness. That is you have stopped thinking. When you stop thinking you come to the center. When at the center, immediately you go into thoughtless awareness, i.e. become one with God's power, and when you are one with the God's power, He looks after you. He takes care of your small things also. You will be amazed. It is worth trying and after that you will realize that what you were doing earlier was wrong. So once you are in thoughtlessness you will get all inspirations, all powers and everything. (Nirmala Yoga, 1982)

Significance of Thoughtlessness
All that happens in the thoughtless state is enlightened. Light never talks. If you switch on the light in the room, the light won't speak or give you any ideas. It would just make everything visible. The same is true about the light of thoughtlessness. First become thoughtless and then doubtless. Then all your doubts go and you know that there is some power that works. It works very fast and is all-subtle. You will be amazed how it happens. This is also about time. I never look at a watch. But my real watch is in the thoughtlessness.
If you are thoughtless God takes you everywhere as if on his hands. He makes all arrangements. He knows everything and there is no need to tell him about anything. But you must see whether you are in the main stream or not. If you are not in it then you are stuck up somewhere on the bank; then the current comes and takes you in twice or thrice, but again you are on the bank. Then you say 'Mataji, nothing goes smoothly for me'. It won't because you are entangled. (Nirmala Yoga, 1982)

The affect of the Mind
People don't know what this mind is. It is very easy to understand for Sahaja Yogis that we are the ones who react, react to everything that is outside. The reason is, we have two horrible tendencies, one that is an Ego and another tendency is that we are being trained in a way or we can call it the Superego or the conditionings. So both things, our Ego and Superego are all the time acting outside. This reaction, which is built in within us, is just like bubbles in the ocean. And these bubbles keep us away from reality. These bubbles are of thoughts and they just blast you all the time in your head and you don't know why they are coming. When you depend on this artificial mind of yours then you have no discretion as to understand what is good and what is bad. This mind is the one where all kinds of evil things start. All kinds of quarrels, fights and possessiveness, lastly the war also comes there. It is in this mind only, which is nothing but a myth, all these concrete destructive ideas somehow or other come up and then they start growing and growing. Then you find people who can impress you also put ideas into your heads. By reading, they learn or by their lectures or by mesmerism, whatever kinds of things they can do. They put your mind into such a frame that you accept these destructive ideas for yourself individually or maybe for the collective. (21.03.1996, Delhi)

Going Beyond the Mind
Because this mind, which is just a bubble as I told you and is so limited that it cannot comprehend the beauty, the glory, and the expanse of reality. This mind is just a collection of all the garbage we should say, which we have to somehow or other deny and tell ourselves that I have to go beyond my mind. This so-called mind of mine has done no good for me. This 'mind of mine which has been all the time controlling me is just like the watch we have made and which is controlling us or like the computer that controls us. We have to be careful that we are the ones who have created this mind and this mind has no business to control us. 
... Now, once your attention goes beyond the mind-only the Sahaja Yogis will understand this point very clearly. When this mind goes beyond the thoughts, then the manipulation of the attention is very important. Then whatever you manipulate means you take this attention to this or to that. You will be surprised how dynamic you become, how effective you become and how knowledgeable you become. Because once you can take this attention to anything you want, immediately there is light on that issue, on that person, on that problem and you see how it works out, how it helps. (21.03.1996, Delhi)

Using the Kundalini to expand your attention
Now, actually what has happened in realization - your Kundalini has risen and has come up. Just like you can say a small, thin hair - one hair, say. And that has broken your Sahasrara. And now the grace is flowing into it. But it is a very small' movement that has taken place - of course which is a very difficult movement no doubt; but it has taken place. Now you have not expanded like this. Your Chakras are only pierced in the center, but the rest of the Attention is still intact. Actually it is so intact, that you do not even feel that it is pierced. Now you have to expand' that. Open it out so that more strands of Kundalini can rise and your Attention, which is in these centres, expands. By expansion it drives out all that is mythical on the sides. On every centre we have our Attention, which is being enlightened in the centre through this light passing through. But the light is too small for the darkness that you have collected. (26.05.1980, UK)

Paying Attention through our Energy Centres
After realization you can pay attention through your centres, and you do. This is a very big difference between a person who is realized and who is not realized, or you can say that you can become effective through your centres by paying attention to them. You can feel the centres, which are obstructed in your body, which you never felt before. Not only that, you can feel the centres of other people, that means your central nervous system is being blessed by a new awareness by which it can convey to you, communicate to you the Attention paid by your centres, and also it can take your Attention in a subtler way into the centres of others. So first thing that happens to you is that your Attention becomes subtler. Attention becoming subtler means you start understanding deeper things. For example a bird can see a flower but cannot feel the beauty of a flower and an unrealized person can see the beauty of a flower but cannot see the vibrations of a flower. So you become subtler. Your Attention becomes subtler. You definitely are at a higher evolutionary stage than the other people are. 
Now, we have to see how we use our Attention. You have seen even when you were not realized that supposing you start developing an art in your hand from your very childhood, then you develop the depth of that particular Art, because a kind of a Milinge grows on the nerves. In the same way when you are Realized, I would say 'when you are a newly born person', if you start respecting your Attention, then gradually you develop a depthness for Sahaja Yoga. But so many people when they get realized they hardly come second time, even if they come again they do not develop the feeling of vibrations more. They still go on being busy with their day-to-day work wasting their Attention on things which do not give you the subtler feelings. So the subtleness, the depth of the Art of Sahaja does not develop. (27.01.1977, Bordi Shibir) 



- All excerpts are taken directly from the Founder of Sahaja Yoga, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.
- This months heading features a detail from a painting by a Canadian yogi named Bill Downey. The painting is from a series of beautiful landscapes done along the Grand River in Southern Ontario. To see the full painting, click here 
- Kabir was a renown 15th century mystic poet living in the city of Benares in India. To read an article on Kabir see issue 20 of Knowledge of Reality magazine: www.sol.com.au/kor/  

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